This poem by RS Thomas captures this alchemy of joy and sorrow – the heart opening depth of the evening.
It seems wrong that out of this bird,
Black, bold, a suggestion of dark
Places about it, there yet should come
Such rich music, although the notes’
Ore were changed to rare metal
At one touch of that bright bill.
You have heard it often alone at your desk,
In a green April, your mind drawn
Away from its work by sweet disturbance,
Of the mild evening outside your room.
A slow singer, but loading each phrase
With history’s overtones, love, joy
And grief learned by his dark tribe
In other orchards and passed on
Instinctively as they are now,
But fresh always with new tears.